Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2017!

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Next week so many people around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. While the Spring festival public holiday this 2017 is from January 27 to February 2, the Chinese New Year is on January 28. Vector 3 wants to wish you a happy year to everyone, specially to those who are born in the Rooster's years because they are believed to be the most unlucky for people born in a year of the Rooster.
Why do people celebrate Chinese New Year?
Even though there are many stories and legends to explain the start of the Chinese New Yearfestival the main 2 reason for the festival are:
  1. To celebrate a hard work year and to enjoy some rest and relaxing time with the family.
  2. The same as in many different cultures, to wish a lucky and prosperous coming year.
How do Chinese celebrate the Festival?
Originally, Chinese celebrated the start of a new year of farm work and wished for a good harvest. Nowadays, it's evolved to a celebration of a new year wishing for profits and success to many different vocations.
Some of the main traditional celebrations in the Spring Festival of the new year include include having a family dinner, giving red envelopes, firecrackers, new clothes, and decorations. More modern celebrations include watching the CCTV Gala, instant message greetings, and cyber money gifts.
Everything in the cities where CNY is celebrated is decorated with red, since it's considered an auspicious color. So, red lanterns are hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity and, as 2017 is the Rooster year, many decorations related to roosters will be commonly seen.
In many Chinese cities some traditional dances can be seen such as dragon or lion dances and imperial performances like an emperor's wedding. 
Like Christmas in the West, Chinese exchange gifts during the Spring Festival and the most common ones are the red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. It is not a customs to give red envelopes to (working) adults, except by employers.
There are also some taboos and superstitions you may want to avoid to have the luckiest of the years:
  1. Some Chinese people believe you cannot do cleaning or wash your hair in the first 3 days of the Festival as it will wash away your good luck.
  2. Crying babies are not welcome to these celebrations, since they are believed to bring bad luck to the family. 
  3. Wearing red underwear is actually a Chinese tradition that has been accepted in the West and we all know that it's believed to ward off bad luck or misfortune...
So, don't go crazy if you're a first-time parent or didn't had the time to buy new red underwear because superstitions are no science and we wish you all a very happy 2017!
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